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    Do you feel resistance when you pull the bonnet release cable ? it's either snapped or come on the lever. you should be able to remove the bottom cowl and check.

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    I would guess that your stereo wouldn't need ISO adapters anyway because of the age of the car you'll probably find they will be your standard ISO connectors that will work in any third party CD Player. What your best to do is at home before you go and buy disconnect and pull out the stereo, drive to halfords, pick one up and try to fit it on the car park shouldn't take you any longer than 10 minutes and buy the appropriate cables if needed then!

    Regarding your bonnet release cable a major common problem especially with old Vauxhalls and Fords was the boot latch gets stuck (don't ask why) I find that with my girlfriends car, it sounds stupid I know but seriously give it a go! Get someone to push the bonnet down with a bit of force then pull the bonnet latch at the same time it should then open, if not I would say the cable has frayed, snapped or is caught so it may require you having a look under the car but try that first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cpjitservices View Post
    One of the problems I have and it's a right pain to be honest... Thew boot release button in the dash does nada! Not a bean!! No noises or anything when I press it. Anyone any ideas ?

    I can open the tailgate with the key no problem.
    odds on the solenoid in the boot is dead or the wiring is faulty. Iirc failing tailgate release is fairly common on fords might be worth having a look on focusowners.com | for all Club Members ( I think that's the page but its been a while)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bananas View Post
    Ford do an adapter to fit a standard stereo in there, it's just a plastic trim, cost me £2.50 many moons ago.

    I had 2 Focus's as company cars, real workhorse of a motor. 1.6 i'm assuming that's petrol rather than diesel?

    I had the original Focus with the old Endura (tweaked) diesel in it and later the TDCi one too.

    Anyway point is they're excellent cars, cheap to run and cheap to get repaired these days as they're not over-complicated with computers etc.

    Really pleased for you, it's hard to find a nice car that's cheap to run/insure. Good luck with your new car. Quick tip go find yourself a garage you can trust now, i'd suggest something like a one man band, or a local specialist garage. Find one now before you need one that way if you run into a problem you know who to call.

    Oh and join a breakdown company. If you join via a cashback site like topcashback you get some money back for it too. I joined green flag as it cost me under £10 a month I got £50 cashback for joining and they guarantee to be with you in under an hour. I have one off the top level of cover (the higher one just includes Europe which I don't need) so if I breakdown out of hours I get a hire car for 48 hours etc. Honestly it's the best investment you'll ever make, one breakdown on the motorway and that's more than the cost of breakdown cover for the year.

    Also check your car insurance as some insurers throw breakdown cover in
    I've got the 1.6 Petrol Zetec SE engine, the ones with improoved performance and reliability... not that the Zetecs had any problems anyway... Shes been stood a while so shes been out of town on a couple of long runs and will be going up North this weekend from Hull so she will get a decent run out but she's already running alot better... Engine is purring alot better now! I've also done an oil change. I've got the service history and every 4000 miles its been serviced, last one being at 84k.

    I do have breakdown cover and windscreen cover on my insurance... I'm fully comp and it includes just about everything!

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    Quote Originally Posted by abillybob View Post
    I would guess that your stereo wouldn't need ISO adapters anyway because of the age of the car you'll probably find they will be your standard ISO connectors that will work in any third party CD Player. What your best to do is at home before you go and buy disconnect and pull out the stereo, drive to halfords, pick one up and try to fit it on the car park shouldn't take you any longer than 10 minutes and buy the appropriate cables if needed then!
    you will need adapters the ford stereos of this ager are not iso its a proprietry block

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    Quote Originally Posted by sted View Post
    odds on the solenoid in the boot is dead or the wiring is faulty. Iirc failing tailgate release is fairly common on fords might be worth having a look on focusowners.com | for all Club Members ( I think that's the page but its been a while)
    Cheers - I've been there to FOC... no replies. I might take the tailgate back apart at some point - I presume the solenoid will be behind the cover so will have a look at the weekend. Might nip into Euro car parts see how much it will cost for a new'un.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sted View Post
    you will need adapters the ford stereos of this ager are not iso its a proprietry block
    I thought this... Darn it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cpjitservices View Post
    Thought about it as I wouldnt mind bluetooth for the phone. What about ISO leads ? And would I need an extra bit as my Radio is bigger than others.. ?
    You will need an ISO adapter to use a stereo with ISO connections:

    Ford Focus ISO Car Radio Stereo Harness Adapter Wiring Connector | eBay

    I wouldn't bother with the RDS6000 radio if you can find one. I used to have a Focus about that age and the RDS6000 was awful. Swapping out the head unit made everything sound a lot better plus I could plug my phone into it
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    Looks lovely! lots you can do to the old Fords as well (add bits from the Ghia spec cars for example, they're cheap as chips these days to purchase and install and there's so many "guides/how-to's" around) - hope you have fun with it!

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    I think that's where it is. I think this is just the mk4 fiesta but there aren't metal contact plates (looks like 4 or 5 copper strips) on the boot floor where the tailgate meets the inside if so get some meths and clean them

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fleetwood View Post
    Looks lovely! lots you can do to the old Fords as well (add bits from the Ghia spec cars for example, they're cheap as chips these days to purchase and install and there's so many "guides/how-to's" around) - hope you have fun with it!
    quite a lot of fiesta/mondeo bits fit as well and sometimes the same part for a different car is cheaper

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    Quote Originally Posted by difinity View Post
    Do you feel resistance when you pull the bonnet release cable ? it's either snapped or come on the lever. you should be able to remove the bottom cowl and check.
    Ahhhh thanks but its boot release button... Like this one... My new motor!!-dsc02813_zpse2c2fa82.jpg

    To open bonnet I Have to use my key

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norphy View Post
    You will need an ISO adapter to use a stereo with ISO connections:

    Ford Focus ISO Car Radio Stereo Harness Adapter Wiring Connector | eBay

    I wouldn't bother with the RDS6000 radio if you can find one. I used to have a Focus about that age and the RDS6000 was awful. Swapping out the head unit made everything sound a lot better plus I could plug my phone into it
    That looks the ticket, I've got the radio out at the moment... just a gaping hole lol. Looks like I have an extra cable though. I'll take a photo at lunch time.
    Last edited by cpjitservices; 24th June 2014 at 10:43 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cpjitservices View Post
    Hi all,

    Yeyyyyyyy I'm finally on the road... here she is!

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    Can't really see it properly, there's a ford focus in the way :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by IT_Ninja View Post
    Can't really see it properly, there's a ford focus in the way :P
    Ooooooh he went there... "jerry jerry jerry"

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    Quote Originally Posted by IT_Ninja View Post
    Can't really see it properly, there's a ford focus in the way :P
    Nowt wrong with the Focus Ninj.... Top quality motor that!!

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    I've replaced the glove box handle... what a fiddly job that was.. couldnt get the glove box open as someone had previously snapped the handle completely off... Ordered a new one from ebay complete with cowling... 2.70 Bargain!

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